With one of our most diverse cohorts in the Twin Cities, Creating IT Futures graduated its second class of IT-Ready QA students this month. The IT-Ready QA students learned the best practices for breaking software and squashing bugs. Nearly all the students obtained three certifications that prove their working knowledge of software testing and are now prepared to take on entry-level positions as software QA testers or analysts.
Lung Yang, a graduate from Brooklyn Center, MN, saw IT-Ready QA as a way to help him grow. “I was three to four months unemployed after taking a leave of absence from college, looking for a new direction for my life, when I found IT-Ready. For me technology just makes sense. It’s like a big puzzle. I love how technology builds on one another. I love how in IT-Ready, they encouraged us throughout the whole class. Howard (our instructor) really showed he cared how we succeed in life not just in class.”
Like Yang, Desmond Webber from Bloomington, MN, viewed IT-Ready as a way to relaunch his career. He had originally graduated from our IT-Ready Technical Support class in 2014 after earning his CompTIA A+ certification. He had been working as a help desk technician and later as a computer support specialist, but his company went through a merger and moved his position to Michigan. Webber had always been interested in software and thought IT-Ready QA will help him enter a different part of the tech industry.
Graduate Tama Chakrabarty already had earned a degree in IT and had been freelancing for the past two years in graphic and web design, but she saw IT-Ready QA as a way to add to her skill set. “I acquired lots of new skills. Howard is a phenomenal instructor and knew how to apply what we were learning to the real world.”
After graduation, Creating IT Futures brought in local recruiters to meet with students. Graduates took part in a career fair featuring Apex Systems, City of Minneapolis, Concord, Diversant and Experis.
Nikki Lee, a technical recruiter with Diversant, remarked, “The students were great, innovative, hungry and wanted to learn. Many had some tech background already. I sensed a lot of eagerness for their careers. Diversant works with a lot of companies that want diversity in their staff, so I’m looking for people that have a great personality, are eager to learn more, are always asking questions and often are self-taught.”
Tyler Lapic, a technical recruiter with Apex Systems, commented, “Events like this are a great opportunity to learn from the students and find roles for them. Employers are looking for a long list of things from their hires, but learning the base foundation (like students do in IT-Ready) applies across all positions. They’ll be able to pick up things fast.”
Taylor Jensen, a technical recruiter with Experis, said, “The students were awesome and above what I expected. I definitely met some candidates that would be a good fit for the companies I work with. IT-Ready has provided candidates from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences that will work well in the workplace.”
Special thanks to the career fair employer participants for supporting IT-Ready and this recent cohort of graduates. Employers who wish to hire our graduates in the Twin Cities should contact Kate Kirschner, employer relationship manager for Creating IT Futures.